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Austin Oaks development clears hurdle but its future remains uncertain

The planned redevelopment of a Northwest Austin business park appeared to be living on borrowed time early Friday, falling short of the nine-vote supermajority support it would need for final City Council approval. Still, the council voted 7-4 to move the project forward after more than four hours of public testimony and contentious, sometimes rancorous debate on the dais that resulted in major changes...
678-home subdivision to bring traffic signal to Hamilton Pool Road

678-home subdivision to bring traffic signal to Hamilton Pool Road

A 678-home development will begin construction in June, and it is expected to bring a new traffic signal and possibly an elementary school to the winding, narrow thoroughfare of Hamilton Pool Road. The first phase of Provence — a development planned on the 910-acre Hatchett Tract with two entrances on Hamilton Pool Road — received approval from the Travis County Commissioners Court this...
Could old medical building become new affordable housing complex?

Could old medical building become new affordable housing complex?

On the northeastern edge of downtown sits an empty four-story building that could help meet Austin’s growing demand for affordable housing. The city recently bought the HealthSouth building at Red River and 12th streets, a facility that previously housed a physical rehabilitation center. Now some City Council members want to investigate the possibility of converting the nearly 88,000-square-foot...
Downtown Austin hotel moving forward — without Trump affiliation

Downtown Austin hotel moving forward — without Trump affiliation

A developer is releasing new details about a hotel planned for downtown Austin that last fall was linked to the development team of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. This week, however, Empyrean Development said Trump is not involved in the Austin project, which developers are calling Hotel Mirabeau. “We are focused on moving forward with the current team that has been assembled. Neither...
Austin-area home sales weaken in February as market cools

Austin-area home sales weaken in February as market cools

Central Texas homes sales retreated in February, with sales increasing less than 1 percent year-over-year, the latest figures show. The median price for the metro area, however, climbed 6.5 percent, to $287,000, the Austin Board of Realtors said in its monthly report Thursday. Within Austin’s city limits, sales rose 6.4 percent over February 2016, the board’s figures show. The median sales...
NEW NOW: Austin-area home sales flat in February as market cools

NEW NOW: Austin-area home sales flat in February as market cools

Central Texas homes sales pulled back in February, with sales increasing less than 1 percent year-over-year, the latest figures show. The median price for the metro area, however, climbed 6.5 percent, to $287,000, the Austin Board of Realtors said in its monthly report Thursday. Within Austin’s city limits, sales rose 6.4 percent over February 2016, the board’s figures show. The median...
Austin’s battle over short-term rentals moves to the Legislature

Austin’s battle over short-term rentals moves to the Legislature

Austin’s battle over regulation of short-term rental properties rages on — now in the Legislature, which is considering a measure to overturn Austin rental rules. The proposed bill, from state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, would bar local jurisdictions from prohibiting short-term rentals and allow jurisdictions to regulate them only for health and safety purposes. The proposal...
A decade in, The Domain has made its mark on Austin

A decade in, The Domain has made its mark on Austin

Austin’s rapid transformation isn’t limited to just downtown. Over the past decade, local developer Endeavor Real Estate Group has worked to transform about 300 acres of land once owned and occupied by IBM into The Domain – a bustling mix of shops, restaurants, offices, hotels and apartments off MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) in North Austin that real estate firms nationwide have tried...
St. David’s South Austin Medical Center plans $58 million expansion

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center plans $58 million expansion

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center said it plans to start construction this year on a $58 million expansion that will mean added facilities, increased services and new jobs. The project will include expanding the hospital’s emergency department, adding patient rooms and beds and creating additional parking at the medical center, 901 West Ben White Boulevard. Construction is expected...
Former UT star Vince Young partnering in real estate firm

Former UT star Vince Young partnering in real estate firm

Vince Young, an NFL veteran and former University of Texas football star, has opened a residential real estate brokerage focused on Central Texas. Young is starting Vince Young Realty Partners along with Chad Mize, a real estate agent and co-founder of local startup Network Systems Resale, and Rick Orr, a real estate agent and founder of RealSavvy, a home-search platform, and TabbedOut, a mobile application...

School for children with dyslexia to relocate

Austin’s Rawson Saunders School is buying property in Southwest Austin that it plans to use as its future campus site, school leaders say. The 33.7-acre site, which Rawson Saunders School is purchasing from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, is near School Road and Patton Ranch Road, not far from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s Upper School campus. Rawson Saunders School is currently...
Plaza Saltillo, Austin Oaks bring affordable housing fight to council

Plaza Saltillo, Austin Oaks bring affordable housing fight to council

Two projects that have drawn strong neighborhood opposition face pivotal votes at Thursday’s City Council meeting, which could bring some finality to the years-long fights over the size and scope of these mixed use developments. One, the redevelopment of the Austin Oaks office park in Northwest Austin, faces a proposed reshaping that could double the amount of affordable housing at the site...
Expert: 2017 off to strong start for Austin housing market

Expert: 2017 off to strong start for Austin housing market

Central Texas’ housing market is off to a strong start for 2017, an industry expert said Wednesday. Eldon Rude, an Austin-based housing market consultant, said 26 production homebuilders he tracks reported generally healthy sales for both January and February, “and that bodes well for the spring market.” “We’re in pretty good shape,” said Rude, addressing about...
Austin architectural firm sued in dispute over planned hotel

Austin architectural firm sued in dispute over planned hotel

The developers behind a proposed East Austin hotel are suing a local architectural firm, claiming they were given “defective and valueless” plans that have put the project a year behind schedule and well over budget. The lawsuit against Sixthriver Architects Inc. was filed this month in Travis County’s 419th District Court by 1109 East Sixth Street LLC, which had hoped to start construction...
Texas Mutual plans $50 million new HQ at Mueller development

Texas Mutual plans $50 million new HQ at Mueller development

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. is moving its headquarters to Mueller, bringing 650 workers to the bustling mixed-use development just north of downtown Austin. Construction on the firm’s four-story, 270,000-square-foot headquarters began this week. Filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation indicate the project will cost in excess of $50 million. When it opens in mid 2018, the...

Panel opts for less-dense zoning change for planned NW Austin project

A city of Austin panel recommended a zoning change that would scale back the number of homes a local developer could build on 42 acres in Northwest Austin. MileStone Community Builders had requested zoning changes for two tracts in the River Place area — one 40 acres for a proposed autism center and another 42 acres for a subdivision with 82 homes. MileStone previously said that proceeds from...
Entertainment center, pet hotel, 3 eateries coming to Oak Hill Plaza

Entertainment center, pet hotel, 3 eateries coming to Oak Hill Plaza

Tenants are lining up to lease space in a newly renovated shopping center in the Oak Hill area. BBD Commercial gave Oak Hill Plaza, at 7101 W. Texas 71, a substantial makeover that included a new façade, fresh paint, a copper mansard roof, improved signage and landscaping and a repaved, restriped parking lot. That investment appears to be paying off, with five new businesses set to move in...
Panel OKs less-dense zoning change for planned NW Austin project

Panel OKs less-dense zoning change for planned NW Austin project

A city of Austin panel recommended a zoning change that would scale back the number of houses allowed in a proposed development in Northwest Austin. MileStone Community Builders had requested zoning changes for two tracts in the River Place area — one 40 acres for a proposed autism center and another 42 acres for a subdivision with 82 homes. MileStone previously said that proceeds from its purchase...
Lakeway shopping center sells for $114 million

Lakeway shopping center sells for $114 million

Austin-based developer Stratus Properties Inc. said Tuesday it has completed the sale of its Oaks at Lakeway shopping center for $114 million. The buyer of the H-E-B-anchored center is FHF I Oaks at Lakeway LLC – an affiliate of the same company, Massachusetts-based TA Realty LLC, that pulled out of a deal to buy the 236,739-square-foot center for the same price in November. Stratus, at the...
Residential subdivision, autism center planned for River Place

Residential subdivision, autism center planned for River Place

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with comments from the Autism Society of Texas. An unusual project is in the works for the River Place area in Northwest Austin, a proposed development that would involve an 82-home subdivision on 42 undeveloped acres and a center for autistic adults on a neighboring 40-acre tract. The Autism Center Austin would be managed by Jonathan and Polly Tommey...
What will CodeNext bring to Central Austin neighborhoods?

What will CodeNext bring to Central Austin neighborhoods?

As residents, planners and activists pore through Austin’s 1,100-plus-page proposed rewrite of its zoning rules, one of the largest questions is how these new regulations will affect individual neighborhoods and blocks across the city. Those answers won’t become clear until City Hall releases new zoning maps in April, which will break down which sets of zoning rules and restrictions in...
Foundation picks Lake Austin site for educator center

Foundation picks Lake Austin site for educator center

The Holdsworth Foundation has selected a 44 scenic acres on Lake Austin to build a “world-class” institute to train public education leaders across the state. Charles Butt, chairman and CEO of the H-E-B grocery chain, founded The Holdsworth Center to improve the quality of public education by cultivating its leaders, who in turn are key to teacher development and retention...

Austin-area home sales rise 7 percent in January

Continuing its six-year bull run, Central Texas’ housing market kicked off 2017 with gains in both the number of home sales and the median sales price, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday. The board said January saw 1,549 pre-owned and newly built houses change hands in the overall Austin metro area, 7 percent more than in January 2016. The median price of homes sold last month was $279...
Austin-area home sales jump 7 percent in January

Austin-area home sales jump 7 percent in January

Continuing its six-year bull run, Central Texas’ housing market kicked off 2017 with gains in both the number of home sales and the median sale price, the Austin Board of Realtors said Thursday. The board said January saw 1,549 pre-owned and newly built houses change hands in the overall Austin metro area, 7 percent more than in January 2016. The median price of homes sold last month was $279...
Spicewood area project calls for more than 3,000 homes

Spicewood area project calls for more than 3,000 homes

A $150 million project is expected to bring thousands of new rooftops and other development to the Spicewood area over the next 15 to 20 years — one of the largest master-planned communities proposed in recent years for a growing part of Central Texas. The 2,200-acre Thomas Ranch development is planned for 2,200 acres off Texas 71 and Paleface Ranch Road, on property that straddles parts of...

Up the Ladder

Digital advertising Sizmek has named Mark Grether executive chairman. Logistics Arrive Logistics has named Eric Harrison chief information officer. Software SolarWinds has named Chris Benwell senior vice president of North American commercial sales and David Cronk senior vice president of international sales. Transportation UShip has named Mike Williams chief executive officer and Jim Martell executive...
Adler: Let’s work together on CodeNEXT to manage growth, affordability

Adler: Let’s work together on CodeNEXT to manage growth, affordability

If you think we should manage growth in Austin with an eye on preserving what’s good about our city while making housing more affordable, then you’re in luck. For the first time in three decades, Austin is rewriting our land-use code. If we do this right, we’ll be able to manage growth so people in Austin can afford to live in Austin. When it comes to rising housing prices and our...
First rollout of CodeNEXT still leaves many questions unanswered

First rollout of CodeNEXT still leaves many questions unanswered

With so much missing from the CodeNEXT proposal to overhaul and streamline Austin’s zoning and land-use regulations, there is no way to reasonably assess the proposal or whether it fulfills its promise to marry the city’s zoning code with its lofty Imagine Austin plan. That kind of analysis will have to come later, when the city releases more details and zoning maps that specify what can...
For Austin apartment renters, finally some relief on prices

For Austin apartment renters, finally some relief on prices

For the past few years, apartment dwellers in the Austin area have been hoping for some rent relief. It seems to have arrived at last. Slower job growth in Central Texas (read: lower demand), coupled with thousands of new apartments coming to market (read: increased supply), have caused apartment rents to plateau, according to experts and new reports. In addition, the occupancy rate has slipped, dipping...

180-home development planned near Lakeline Mall

David Weekley Homes has purchased 15 acres near Lakeline Mall and the commuter rail station in far Northwest Austin to build a project with 180 high-end townhouses. The land that the Houston-based homebuilder acquired is part of Austin Presidio, a 130-acre master-planned development that will add more than 5 million square feet of commercial and residential development in a growing part of the Central...
As Austin rolls out code draft, questions and concerns emerge

As Austin rolls out code draft, questions and concerns emerge

Among the sea of poster boards and City Hall regulars in their coats and collars, guitar repairman Sam Gerhard stood out in his T-shirt. The eight-year Austin resident, who lives near Riverside Drive and Pleasant Valley Road, had come to the Palmer Event Center on Wednesday to learn how city officials plan to overhaul the Austin’s development rules, potentially shaping the city’s future...
City Hall girds for fight as it rolls out land code overhaul

City Hall girds for fight as it rolls out land code overhaul

Mayor Steve Adler rolled out the first draft of a sure-to-be-controversial overhaul of the city’s land use rules Monday morning, signaling the start of a yearlong process that will navigate the deep divisions that course through Austin’s politics of development, density and gentrification. City officials aim to use the 1,100-plus-page draft to replace the city’s current zoning regulations...
As South Congress redevelops, will the funky survive?

As South Congress redevelops, will the funky survive?

Dramatic changes are coming to South Congress Avenue, setting up a transformation that some Austinites say threatens the funky fabric of one of the city’s best-known destinations. A wave of upscale shops, restaurants, offices and boutique hotels is headed to the area — displacing some of the homegrown businesses that many patrons and merchants say have given South Congress the eclectic...

Travis appraisal district’s website hacked

The Travis Central Appraisal District confirmed Tuesday that its website is being targeted by a hacker or hackers, preventing users from being able to access the public site. “We are being repeatedly hacked by someone trying to steal our data. That is causing a denial of service to everyone else. Our staff is working with the internet provider to see if there is a way block that person,&rdquo...
H-E-B buys Northeast Austin property to house regional offices

H-E-B buys Northeast Austin property to house regional offices

H-E-B’s Austin regional office is getting a new home. The area’s dominant grocer said Friday it has purchased a 100,000-square-foot office complex at 8100 Cameron Road in Northeast Austin. The complex, which sits on a 6-acre site and was built in 1985, consists of a pair of two-story brick buildings. One spans about 60,000 square feet, records show; the other is about 40,000 square feet...
Expert: Austin-area housing outlook bright for 2017

Expert: Austin-area housing outlook bright for 2017

Signs point to 2017 being another strong year for the Central Texas housing market. That was the forecast local market expert Eldon Rude delivered to more than 700 industry professionals at an annual housing outlook event at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin Thursday. “What an amazing run we’ve had the last four or five or six years,” Rude said. “We’ve had a strong start...

Austin area’s 2016 home sales, median prices set records

Central Texas home sales and home prices hit record highs in 2016, the Austin Board of Realtors said Wednesday. It was the sixth straight year of record sales and prices in the Austin metro area. Economists are predicting a strong housing market for 2017, though perhaps not as hearty as 2016 — there’s even the prospect of the rapid home price increases seen in recent years easing up some...
Developer plans apartments, retail for West Anderson Lane site

Developer plans apartments, retail for West Anderson Lane site

A mixed-used project is envisioned for a rapidly changing part of North Central Austin. California-based Paydar Properties Inc. said this week it has acquired the 27 Eleven office building at 2711 W. Anderson Lane. A Chase bank branch is the primary tenant in the two-story, 31,326-square-foot building. Other occupants include a State Farm insurance office and a property management company. The seller...
Austin-area home sales, median price hit all-time high in 2016

Austin-area home sales, median price hit all-time high in 2016

Central Texas home sales and home prices hit a record high in 2016, the Austin Board of Realtors said Wednesday. It was the sixth straight year of record sales and prices in the Austin metro area. Economists are forecasting a strong housing market for 2017, though perhaps not as robust as 2016. Austin-area buyers purchased 29,569 single-family homes last year, the board said, a 3.9 percent increase...
North Austin shopping center gets new owner, new tenant

North Austin shopping center gets new owner, new tenant

A new owner is working to breathe life back into a North Austin shopping center that lost its primary tenant a year ago. New York-based RD Management said this week it has acquired Shops at Tech Ridge, at 12901 N. Interstate 35 near East Parmer Lane. The 504,153-square-foot center, which opened in 2003, had been anchored by a SuperTarget store until January 2016, when the retailer shuttered its location...
New operator set to take over closed Lakeline Mall theater

New operator set to take over closed Lakeline Mall theater

A vacant theater at Lakeline Mall won’t stay dark for long. AMC Theatres said Wednesday that it will take over the recently closed Regal Lakeline Mall 9 cineplex at 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive. The theater is expected to reopen in nine months, following an extensive remodeling project that will cost several million dollars, according to Simon, Lakeline Mall’s operator. When it debuts in...
Asian grocer HMart plans first Austin store

Asian grocer HMart plans first Austin store

A grocery chain known for specializing in Asian delicacies is on its way to Central Texas. HMart plans to open its first Austin store at 11301 Lakeline Blvd., near Lakeline Mall, according to filings with city and state agencies. The store will take over adjoining buildings vacated when Bed Bath & Beyond and Sports Authority left the Parkline shopping center, documents show. Other nearby retailers...
Austin developer buys downtown IHOP site

Austin developer buys downtown IHOP site

A Central Texas developer has purchased a high-profile site on the edge of downtown Austin, according to public records. The site of an IHOP restaurant at Interstate 35 and East Cesar Chavez Street was acquired late last year by WC 707 Cesar Chavez LLC, an entity that is linked to World Class Capital Group, according to the Texas secretary of state’s office. World Class Capital Group was founded...
Austin developer buys downtown IHOP site

Austin developer buys downtown IHOP site

A well-known local developer has purchased a high-profile site on the edge of downtown Austin, according to public records. The IHOP at Interstate 35 and East Cesar Chavez Street was acquired late last year by WC 707 Cesar Chavez LLC, an entity the Texas Secretary of State says is linked to World Class Capital Group. A purchase price was not disclosed. The Travis Central Appraisal District valued...
Letters to the Editor: January 6, 2017

Letters to the Editor: January 6, 2017

Re: Dec. 28 article, “Mexico has rapidly growing appetite for Texas natural gas.” Celebrating Mexico’s increasing appetite for Texas natural gas missed the point that while natural gas burns cleaner than coal it is a much more potent heat-trapping gas. During the process of fracking, extracting and transporting natural gas, methane is released into the atmosphere, where it is 100...
Town formerly known as Bikinis, Texas, listed for sale

Town formerly known as Bikinis, Texas, listed for sale

The site of a former Hill Country ghost town that was transformed, albeit briefly, into a controversial tourist destination by an Austin-based “breastaurant” chain is now back on the market. ATX Brands, which owns Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill, bought the property in the Fredericksburg area in 2012. The company initally said it had purchased the site of Bankersmith, but some nearby residents...
Events company plans to rehab 70-year-old North Austin building

Events company plans to rehab 70-year-old North Austin building

An Austin events company plans to breathe new life into a 70-year-old North Austin building. Red Velvet Events said this week it has acquired the 11,579-square-foot building at 7121 N. Lamar Blvd., and is planning a major renovation project to transform the space into the company’s new headquarters. Texas Discount Furniture previously occupied the site, which is near Capital Metro’s Crestview...

Triangle finally comes together

Nearly 10 years after a local developer announced plans for a major shopping center at the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and Guadalupe Street, the first businesses are finally moving into The Triangle. Among the first expected to open early next year is Mandola's Italian Market, a restaurant and imported food and wine store that is the latest venture of Damian Mandola. He's the nationally...
Take a video tour of Tyler Perry's $25 million estate

Take a video tour of Tyler Perry's $25 million estate

Tyler Perry’s estate was listed for sale for $25 million last year and just sold for $17.5 million.  The new owner is an "out-of-state buyer who got a good value," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. "(It's) quite a deal for that volume of land in the most prestigious ZIP code in Atlanta. The land alone sold for $9 million back in 2005 when Tyler bought it,"...
Trump’s former $95 million mansion to be torn down

Trump’s former $95 million mansion to be torn down

An oceanfront mansion Donald Trump sold to a Russian billionaire for $95 million in 2008 is going to be torn down. The demolition of the estate, which was the largest single residential sale ever in Palm Beach, Florida, was approved this week. Long before he became the 2016 Republican presidential front-runner, Trump purchased the mansion in 2004 at a foreclosure auction for $41.4 million. He then...
9 cities where it's getting cheaper to rent

9 cities where it's getting cheaper to rent

It will come as a surprise to no one that rent prices in most of the country’s largest markets are expected to rise in 2016, according to a forecast from real estate data company Zillow. But there’s some good news in that forecast, even for people who live in some of the most expensive cities in the country: Rents won’t increase as much as they have been, Zillow predicts. >...
88-year-old nearly loses her home after mortgage company thinks she’s dead

88-year-old nearly loses her home after mortgage company thinks she’s dead

An 88-year-old woman almost lost her home because her mortgage company mistakenly thought she was dead, WKRN-TV reported. Minnie Fish took out a reverse mortgage years ago as a way to pay her taxes and bills, so when the company thought she was dead, it cut off access to the loan and prevented Fish from making payments. When she got the loan, the agreement said the company could...
Dr. Oz just bought this $18 million mansion

Dr. Oz just bought this $18 million mansion

Television personality and heart surgeon Dr. Oz and his wife are evidently behind the purchase of Louwana, a landmarked house built in 1919 that changed hands last week via an $18 million deed, according to records filed with the Palm Beach County Clerk’s Office. A three-year $5 million mortgage on the beachfront house bears the signatures of Mehmet C. Oz, better known simply as Dr. Oz, and...
Travis County puts civil courthouse bond election on ballot

Travis County puts civil courthouse bond election on ballot

After 15 years of plans, proposals and procrastination, Travis County’s vision for a new 14-story civil courthouse in downtown Austin will go before the voters in November. The county commissioners on Tuesday voted 5-0 to place a $287 million bond election on the November ballot for the courthouse, which would be built on the block south of Republic Square at Fourth and Guadalupe streets. It...
Free Tesla with every unit purchased at new condo

Free Tesla with every unit purchased at new condo

It’s not unusual for some high-end developments to throw in a few freebies to sweeten the pot, but one West Palm Beach, Florida project is taking it to a whole new level. The Z Palm Beach condominium is offering a complimentary Tesla Model S with each unit. The luxe electric car costs about $71,070, according to the Tesla website. The unique development will have just eight units...
Lavish 40-chandelier mansion hits market

Lavish 40-chandelier mansion hits market

A Palm Beach Gardens mansion with old world Italian details has been listed for sale at $30 million, a price tag that makes it the most expensive listing in the city and one that rivals even posh Palm Beach. The 16,000-square-foot home, dubbed Palazzo Grande, has six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, a 75-guest ballroom and 40 chandeliers, including 30 Czechoslovakian crystal...
“Ready for a face lift, or can be torn down”, never-lived in mansion on market

“Ready for a face lift, or can be torn down”, never-lived in mansion on market

An oceanfront mansion in Highland Beach is back on the market today with a $12.5 million price tag after a years-long foreclosure case, January auction and purchase this month by an LLC with a mind for flipping. Casa Bella Riente at 3621 South Ocean Boulevard was the subject of a foreclosure that began in 2008, with a final judgment rendered in favor of the bank in September 2013 for $17.8 million...

Q2 Holdings files for Austin’s first IPO of 2014

Austin could soon have its first IPO of the year: Q2 Holdings has filed to raise up to $138 million in an initial public offering of stock. Founded in 2004, the company provides electronic banking services to more than 300 banks and credit unions. Q2 said the number of shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. J.P. Morgan Securities and Stifel Nicolaus...

Silicon Laboratories reports second quarter earnings

Austin-based chip maker Silicon Laboratories Inc. reported that revenue in the second quarter increased from a year ago but fell from the previous quarter. The company reported revenue of $141.5 million, up 4.3 percent from a year ago, but down 2.6 percent from the first quarter. The company reported a profit of $12.6 million compared with $20.5 million a year ago. Silicon Labs makes a wide range...
Sponsored: Blackhawk offers something for everyone in your family

Sponsored: Blackhawk offers something for everyone in your family

The family-friendly Blackhawk community in Pflugerville plays host to a variety of new homes with amenities that cater to the whole family. The Grisby, at 2,382 square feet, features a great room and beautiful views of the backyard from the kitchen and the family room. A second living area separates two bedrooms. This home also has an oversized patio perfect for outdoor entertaining. You’ll...
Sponsored: Central Texas homes to open their doors for Tour of Homes

Sponsored: Central Texas homes to open their doors for Tour of Homes

Some of Central Texas’ most beautiful homes are preparing to open their doors this month in the annual three-day Tour of Homes, which will give you a chance to be a part of the ultimate open house. From May 17-19, the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin will host a tour of more than 60 homes throughout eight key area communities. The self-guided tour gives potential homebuyers a chance...
Home design projects increasingly taking pets into consideration

Home design projects increasingly taking pets into consideration

After moving into their Great Hills home eight years ago, Beth and Mark Wright decided it was time for a remodel. As they started the process, they focused on making the space better for everyone in their family – especially their 3-year-old golden retriever, Jazzy. “We always knew we needed a place for our sweet little girl,” Beth Wright said. “We don’t have any children...

Early peek puts family in dream home after months of searching

By Mauri Elbel Special to Statesman Solutions One week ago, the Carroll family moved into their new home nestled in Highland Hills, letting out a big sigh of relief after an exhausting six months of house hunting. When they decided to move back to Austin last year, finding a home in the current real estate market proved to be much more difficult than they anticipated. If it weren’t for finding...

Sponsored: Falcon Pointe redefines the meaning of ‘community’

The word is out about Newland Communities’ Falcon Pointe. Almost 50 homes have already been sold in the Pflugerville community this year, and there are more than 25 others under construction that will be ready for move-in before the next school year gets under way. And the schools that serve the community are right there, with a Pflugerville district tricampus on site. Why the buzz? Falcon Pointe...

Sponsored: Low maintenance, highest quality at The Grove at Falconhead

When life’s seasons change, there’s no reason to give up the lifestyle you desire. And the same goes for your home. At The Grove at Falconhead, homeowners will find quality-built, luxury homes with low-maintenance living and amenities galore. The community is perfect for everyone from busy young professionals, active families, retirees and those looking to downsize without sacrificing...

Sponsored: Location and value in Ryland Homes’ Whispering Hollow

When homebuyers were clamoring for quality and value in a premium location, the people at Ryland Homes heard them, loud and clear. They answered the call with Whispering Hollow in Buda. In Whispering Hollow, buyers can choose from 17 floor plans in two expanding sections. Homes range from about 1,600 square feet to almost 4,000 square feet and are priced from the low $200,000s. Add the serenity and...

Sponsored: Leisure activities, breathtaking homes abound at Rough Hollow

For a brief time, the purchase of a Scott Felder home in Rough Hollow will include a one-year golf membership to the Lakeway Country Club, one-year sport membership to World of Tennis or one-year membership to Freedom Boat Club. This is also your opportunity to get in early on the newest section of the community, the West Rim. Take advantage of pre-opening pricing for one of the 31 breathtaking 1/4-...

Sponsored: Build exactly what you want at the exclusive Canyons at Lake Travis

If you’re looking for a cozy haven where you can build the home of your dreams and enjoy amazing views, The Canyons at Lake Travis will meet your every need. This gated community in western Travis County offers a tight-knit feel for residents who also enjoy room to sprawl out on acre-plus lots that feature Hill Country and lake views. Partners in Building, the exclusive builder for the community...
Want some design help but short on time or money? Try e-design

Want some design help but short on time or money? Try e-design

Somewhere between “misty morning” and “misted fern,” the shades began to blur. My husband and I were in the midst of redecorating our guest room, and we were trying to select the perfect shade of green for the walls. As I plopped down on the carpet to flip through the paint chips for the umpteenth time, I silently wished I knew an interior decorator who could weigh in on the...

Finding your home sweet home in Austin

Austin is one of those cities that has it all. One of the greatest challenges about living here is finding that perfect spot that speaks to you — and as we discovered, sometimes that search proves to be a full-circle journey. When we moved back to Texas after years living and working abroad, we knew we wanted to live in Austin. And after a decade of renting, we were ready to buy. I had a brand-new...
Sponsored: Anything your heart desires in elegant Beltorre

Sponsored: Anything your heart desires in elegant Beltorre

Luxury is always on the wish list for a new home. Add amenities and a lot of options to that list as well. Then check them all off in Clear Rock Homes’ Beltorre. Beltorre, in Georgetown, is a prime place to put down roots. Lots are 1+ acres and sell for $63,000 to $99,000. Beautiful floorplans, ranging in size from 2,500 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet, start in the $350,000s. With...
Sponsored: Easy living, close in at NorthEdge

Sponsored: Easy living, close in at NorthEdge

On the north edge of Austin, close to just about everything, sits a community calling you home. Wes Peoples’ NorthEdge condo community is made up of 28 units starting in the $180,000s that all showcase green and contemporary design. The units are built in two or three levels for easy living. There’s no yard to mow or exterior projects for a weekend to-do list: The homeowners association...
Sponsored: Lakeside living with luxury at Waterstone

Sponsored: Lakeside living with luxury at Waterstone

Life on the lake means beautiful views, easy water access and relaxation. It also means a visit to Waterstone on Lake Travis. This condo development was designed by renowned architect Larry Speck to showcase the view, with large windows throughout each of the 71 units peering out onto the lake and the Hill Country. The luxurious modern interiors boast 10-foot ceilings, farmhouse-style sinks and Jenn-Air...
Sponsored: Build the foundation for your dream home with Jimmy Jacobs seminar

Sponsored: Build the foundation for your dream home with Jimmy Jacobs seminar

Jimmy Jacobs Custom Homes is sharing their design and building expertise with the public on Sunday, March 17. The free, informational Build-On-Your-Lot seminar will take place at their model home in Crystal Falls, located in Leander. These seminars are open to anyone either in the process of, or interested in, building a custom home in the future. From noon to 2 p.m., the seminar will focus on all...
Ideas for welcoming a new neighbor

Ideas for welcoming a new neighbor

We’ve all been there. A new couple moves in across the street. You want to introduce yourself, but you’re not sure how. Rather than waiting for an awkward run-in at the end of the cul-de-sac, why not take over a small, thoughtful gift to welcome them to the neighborhood? “I like cultivating good relationships with my neighbors,” said Nina Gordon, owner of Take Heart, a boutique...
Sponsored: Perfect homes for a picture-perfect Texas lifestyle

Sponsored: Perfect homes for a picture-perfect Texas lifestyle

Love your home, love your community and love Mother Nature with a Taylor Morrison home in Crystal Falls. This gated Leander community just opened a second phase for new homeowners, with floorplans ranging in size from 2,651 square feet to 4,200 square feet and everything in between. Prices start at $300,000, and buyers get a lot for their investment. All homes feature large social areas, spacious...
Making your home your own

Making your home your own

It’s midnight, and my feet are covered in confetti. No, I haven’t been re-enacting New Year’s Eve or working the night shift at Party City. Confetti is the deceivingly cheerful name of lavender paint my daughters hand-selected for their bedroom when we moved into our new house two months ago. Painting their bedroom is the second project I’ve tackled since we moved in. The first...
More sellers are getting their homes' asking price

More sellers are getting their homes' asking price

Good housing-market news keeps rolling in. The latest says that the gap between the seller’sasking price and the eventual sales price is narrowing, and that homes are selling faster. While this is obviously good news for sellers, buyers should welcome it too. If homes are selling faster and prices are firmer, the buyer faces less risk of losing money on a home purchase. ZipRealty...
Sweetwater offers location, upgrades and more for young family

Sweetwater offers location, upgrades and more for young family

When Matt and Kara Chavez were searching for a home last year, they were thinking long term. They considered their future neighborhood’s amenities. They wanted to make sure their girls would be in a good school district. And they were looking for a sense of community with other young families. “I grew up in Lakeway, so I always liked the area,” Matt Chavez said. “We were trying...
Free home tour to highlight new homes in Belterra

Free home tour to highlight new homes in Belterra

What: Model home tour featuring David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, Sitterle Homes, Treaty Oak Homes and Wilshire Homes ranging from 1,800 to 4,600 square feet and priced from the mid-$200,000s to more than $500,000 When:1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23-24 Where: Get maps and information at the Belterra Welcome Center, 151 Trinity Hills Drive, or start at any of the six model homes in the master-planned community...

For this family, yellow brick road led to Circle C

About a year ago, my then 3-year-old daughter became fascinated by the “Wizard of Oz.” Clad in a Dorothy-inspired dress and a pair of miniature ruby red slippers and accompanied by her trusty sidekick Tin Man (her baby sister, dressed in a bargain bin silver costume), she’d saunter through our Houston home quoting the movie. I soon knew every word by heart and found myself having...

C3 Presents buys Emo’s East music club

Emo’s East owner Frank Hendrix has sold the music club to Austin events company C3 Presents, C3 co-owner Charles Attal confirmed Monday. The sale, which includes the transfer of a 10-year lease but does not include the building, comes after over two months of negotiations between Hendrix and C3. “Frank contacted us a few months ago, and it was a natural progression for us, we already do...
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